A mystery Stitch pattern, and Fiesta Time!


It’s May 5 and I hope I’ll see you for this evening’s meeting! I know it’s late notice, but time honestly snuck up on me! It was Easter a minute ago, and here we are at Cinco de Mayo! Kids are getting ready for summer vacation, and I feel like I’m barely out of my winter wardrobe. Ah well, time flies when you’re having fun!

April was a nutty month at the Lewis house, partly because we didn’t even get to live there for 9 days in April, and not for a fun reason, either – our hot water heater tank gave up the ghost and flooded the bottom floor of our home. My husband came home to water sheeting out from under the front door, and entered the house to find a soaking wet dog standing in the rushing water, wondering how she got herself into that!  Thankfully it was not hot water rushing out and dog, while sodden, was otherwise fine.  The flooring is wrecked and our closet has been gutted to the slab and the sheet rock, but the good news is that neither the pets nor the yarn studio were harmed (priorities, you know?!), and we’re all stowed away at my parents’ house for the duration, while our landlords figure out the world of homeowners insurance and getting things put back to livable.

Meanwhile, we have some fun to attend, so let’s do it!

The March and April meeting minutes are available in the members’ only section.
Our May meeting is Tuesday, May 5, and you know what that means!

Okay, it means that we’ll be celebrating our stepping-down board members and welcoming the membership who are stepping up into these critical roles.

We’re also going to welcome speaker Michael Cook and talking about silk and sericulture (the fancy word for growing silkworms)! Come and hear Michael wax rhapsodic (on his wedding anniversary, no less!) About the incredible bombyx moths he raises and the output of their lives- beautiful silk, that stuff of legend from time immemorial. I look forward to seeing you all at the meeting and having a wonderful wrap-up of our 2014-2015 Guild-Year.

A Mystery!
A knitter contacted me recently inquiring whether any of our membership were familiar with this stitch pattern:
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If you have any suggestions what it might be, please email me. If it’s from a copyrighted source, please let me know that too, and I’ll pass on the info to the original asking party. It’s a lovely pattern, so any ideas of what its name might be or where to find the stitch pattern would be greatly appreciated!
See you on Cinco de Mayo!

Volunteer Opportunities!

In addition to our Nominating Queen hard at work in the background, putting next year’s slate of officers together (Say YES when she calls you – we won’t have a guild if we don’t have a Board!), we also have DFW Fiber Fest this weekend, and our member Cris Hays is the Volunteer Coordinator – busy lady!

She’s put out a call for help:

“I’m in need of DFW Fiber Fest volunteers.  Please, I really need you to step up for me n this.  See the list of days and times I still have to fill below:

Thursday:  6 people needed from 2PM to 6PM

Friday:       9 people needed from 8AM to 12:30PM
Friday:       8 people needed from 12:30PM to 3:30PM
Friday:       10 people needed from 3:30PM to 6:30PM

Saturday:   4 people needed from 8AM to 12:30PM
Saturday:   2 people needed from 12:30PM to 3:30PM
Saturday:   8 people needed from 3:30PM to 6:30PM

Sunday:     5 people needed from 8AM to 12:30PM
Sunday:     10 people needed from 12:30PM to 3:30PM
Sunday:     9 people needed from 3:30PM to 6:30PM
Sunday:     8 people needed from 6:30PM to 8:30PM

So as you see, I really need your help.  If there is any way you can help on any of these days and times, please email me right away.

Please, if you know of anyone that is wanting to volunteer who hasn’t yet, have them email me as soon as possible.”

March “Madness”!

March has roared in like a lion all right!  While we wait a little longer for those sweet green blades of grass and spring, we get to stretch sweater season a bit longer, and the Local Shops are helping us do just that!

March 6 is shearing day at Jacobs Reward Farm, and a fundraiser for the DFW Yarn Crawl!

March 14-15, for the poly-craftual, is the Dallas Quilt Show, at Market Hall

The guild will have its Night Knitters gathering on March 17 at 6:30 at Panera Bread at Preston/Forest

March 20-22 is DFW Fiber Fest, which will be held at the Irving Convention Center

March 28 is Knitapalooza, held by the Bluebonnet Knitting Guild, in Hurst.

I look forward to seeing you there!

On a sadder note:

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of Martha Pittenger, who was a long-time member of the guild. Her obituary is available for a limited time through Legacy.com site, where you can also add an entry to her Guest Book.  She will be remembered through our In Memoriam Page, as well. Martha loved knitting and reading, and she was active for many years of faithful volunteerism. We’ll miss you, Martha.

Calling all Knitters!

We’re in search of… The Nominator(s)!

Photo by and (c)Vanillajoy.com

We’ve got the costumes, but not the heroes! 

As of today, Feb. 10, we have no Nominator(s).

That’s right! We need a nominating chairperson or a committee to help put together our slate of officers for the 2015-2016 guild year!  Without the Nominating person/committee, we won’t have a board, and without a board, we won’t have a GUILD!

You don’t have to act alone like Batman, you can be The Dynamic Duo! The Triumphant Trio! The Fab Fou—oh, wait, that’s the Beatles.  The Fantastic Four! The capes and masks are at your discretion. :) 

(Original photo and dolls created by and ©Dents de Loup)

So let’s step it up and get next year’s Board nominated!

If you would like to serve on a Board position next year, speak to a Board member.  If you would like to nominate a friend (after checking with that friend, of course – we don’t endorse surprise nominations), that’s an option too. But remember, without a board, we won’t be able to have a guild, so please step up and help us fill this important role!

Important dates:

Night Knitters will meet Tuesday, February 17 at Panera Bakery, located at Preston/Forest, from 6:30ish until they kick us out.

February’s Meeting Minutes and January’s Board Minutes have been posted on the Guild Website, under the Member’s Only section.

The DFW Fiber Fest Needs Volunteers! – Once completed, send your form to Cris Hays, Volunteer Coordinator Extraordinaire!

I hope I’ll see you on February 17!

Newsy Bits and Holiday chatter!

November Membership Minutes, Board Minutes and December Meeting minutes are up in the Members Only Section! Go check them out so we can finalize them at our January meeting. :)

Beth Brown-Reinsel Stranded Colorwork DVDs are still available for sale! I have 6 copies left and they’re still available. They cost $29 each and you can purchase them with cash or by check – please make any checks payable to Knitting Traditions. I’ll only have them through the January meeting – any unsold copies will be returned to Beth. Don’t miss your opportunity to enjoy Beth’s vast knowledge whenever you need it!

We will have our third and final Beth Brown-Reinsel Skype program at our January meeting, in the Oak Corner Room at the Center for Community Cooperation. We’ll be covering corrugated ribbing, Herringbone braid and some other colorwork stranding techniques with Beth. Make sure to mark your calendars for Tuesday, January 6, 2015  at the Center for Community Cooperation, 7:30 CST. I look forward to seeing you there!

It’s time to start thinking about how you can serve the Dallas Hand Knitters Guild in the 2015-2016 year. Speak to an Officer to learn more about the various leadership positions available, and brief descriptions of each role are outlined in our Guild Bylaws, located in the Members Only section. Email me if you need a password reminder!

I look forward to starting 2015 with a visit with my DHKG friends and family.

Knit on,


We’re having a party!

DHKG 2014 Holiday Party Flyer (1)


CCC Directions – Gulf Coast Room

We’ll be in the Gulf Coast room this month, instead of Oak Corner. 

Beth Brown-Reinsel Stranded Colorwork DVDs!

Beth sent me down some copies of her DVD for folks to pick up, if you want a reference copy of the topics we’re covering in our 3 Skype Sessions – If you’d like to have a copy for your own, the cost is $29. The Guild is not set up to accept credit cards, so please bring cash or a check if you’d like to purchase a copy of Beth’s DVD.

See you tomorrow!!

Hi, Good Morning Texas!

Thank you for the plug! We’re so excited to invite your viewers to our next meeting, to be held on November 4! – More details about our location are on the Meetings Page, under tab ‘Join Us’!

Members, in case you missed it, have a look!  Local Knitter Cynthia Spann showed us how it’s done!

Knitting Gets Needles Flying

Our October meeting minutes are published in the Members Only section – have a look so we can fly through our Old Business and get right to the program!

Local Shop happenings:

LYS The Knitting Fairy will be welcoming Erin.Lane Bags for a Trunk Show over the weekend of November 14-16.  The Trunk show will be taking over the classroom for the event, so go get your holiday shopping on!


How many days do I have left to knit?!!

I like to keep holidays in their time, but knitting doesn’t really work that way.  As of the time of this writing (11/2/2014), we have 53 knitting days until Christmas, and 44 knitting days until the beginning of Hannukah on December 16 – eep! So we’d best keep those needles stitching so that we’re ready to package those beautiful handmade gifts up for our loved ones!

To help distract us from that holiday hijinks, we have an exciting program coming this month, continuing our series on stranded colorwork programs with Beth Brown-Reinsel – This month, to continue adding to our stranded colorwork lexicon, we’re going to learn some two-handed techniques – knitting with one yarn in each hand, and then adding in up to 4 colors.  Beth’s also going to cover the Norwegian Purl, a fantastic method for purling while keeping the yarn behind the needle – no kidding!  It’s REALLY cool.

A big, big, THANK YOU! to new Board members Cris Hays, Denise Shank and Kay Turner for jumping in and filling our vacant Board positions, and thanks to everyone who offered to serve! Cris will be handling the website upkeep, and Denise and Kay are co-Vice Presidents of Membership, tag-teaming that very important Board role.  Thanks again for stepping up, ladies! Your input and assistance are invaluable to the Guild and to me.

On a side note, did everyone get to see Cynthia Spann represent knitters on Good Morning Texas this week? Her segment was on Monday, October 27, and they plugged our guild website! I hope that will bring some interested guests our way to learn about knitting and our group – I’ve already fielded an email from someone interested in beginner knitting classes!

I look forward to greeting you at our November 4 meeting, at the Center for Community Cooperation in the Oak Corner Room.  It’s going to be a lot of fun and I know we’ll enjoy visiting with Beth again – she was overflowing with excitement after last month’s meeting, and thought that it went just wonderfully! If you have been practicing your techniques and working on yarn dominance, but still have questions, we’ll have Beth live via satellite, so make a note so we can ask her!  If you have a question, odds are good that someone else will have the same question, so speak up!

If you’re knitting along with Beth, bring your swatch from the October meeting.  If you’re joining us for the first time, bring a swatch cast on in the round with a few rounds knit and enough stitches to knit comfortably in a circle, and bring 3 additional colors to add into the work.  This is going to be SO much fun!




Supplies List and “Homework” if you would like to work along with Beth

Dear Knitters:

Some concerns have been related to me and some said directly to me of the dissatisfaction experienced by some of our membership at the September meeting this year.  I agree — the room was oppressively hot, there was no sound system, the parking lot was the size of a postage stamp if we’re being generous, and we had some technical difficulties with getting the membership cards printed.  Sometimes life just happens that way.  None of it was show-stopping, but the sum total was that people didn’t enjoy the September meeting as much as they might have otherwise.  The Guild has a standard and, the excellent program notwithstanding (Lise was stupendous, even in the face of ridiculous heat); there were setbacks that, taken altogether, made for a disappointing meeting.

Growing up, I learned that when something isn’t working, it’s a good idea to step back and look at the bigger picture, and even when nothing seems to be coming together, to look for the positives that can be found, and work from there.  So, some positives from our meeting:

  • The program was wonderful, and was a great lead-in to our Annie Modesitt workshop.
  • Despite the pretty oppressive heat, I still saw smiling faces in the crowd, and most people stuck it out to the end, though I am sorry it made some members feel too ill to stay.
  • We had more people than would have fit in the room at All Saints.
  • We had more people than I estimated might come to the meeting, and we ran out of handouts. I see this as a positive, because I’m always happy to welcome more people.
  • I heard murmurs and laughing, and the folks I saw trying out entrelac with Lise were getting it in hand.

While I was in turmoil and trying to process what went wrong and what went right about the meeting, a wonderful thing happened — I got an email from Kathy Jean about a space that would be perfect for our guild:  The Center for Community Cooperation.

  • Free for use by non-profit organizations
  • A/C kept comfortable year round
  • A/V equipment built into the room for a nominal fee
  • Excellent lighting and classroom arrangements
  • Catering and coffee service available
  • Modernized building, modern facilities
  • Well-lit, patrolled, LARGE parking area off the street

The only thing that gave me pause was its location:  it is near Uptown, off Live Oak Street, and we’ve met closer to the 635 corridor for many years.  I had to roll this over in my mind a lot, and I decided that even though we have traditionally met further north than the CCC, 635 is a construction and traffic nightmare in full daylight right now and an unpredictable roller-coaster after dark.  So, eager to do right by the Guild after I got the first one “wrong,” I checked the CCC out, even doubting my decision-making abilities when the Legion Hall turned out not to be what I signed on for, and I was met with a location that is a complete change from the American Legion hall, and is much more the caliber and quality of space that our Guild needs and deserves.The Center for Community Cooperation is run by the Center for Non-Profit Management, a division of The Meadows Foundation.  I got a tour and, I have to say, this space is spectacular. As an experiment, Lea and Kay drove there on Tuesday, 9/9 at 6:30 p.m., and it took 21 minutes to reach the Center from the 635/75 High Five.  I drove there for my tour on Saturday morning 9/6, and it took me around 25 minutes to get there from Grand Prairie, using 360 and 183.  It’s located very near Baylor Hospital, and there are wonderful restaurants and parks nearby.  For the public transit-inclined, the Baylor Light Rail stop is just .4 miles away, across Swiss Avenue.

Sheryl reminded me recently that as knitters, we can all understand and even sometimes enjoy the outcome of having to rip back and try something again. For our October, November, and January meetings, we are going to have a new experience:  programs with Beth Brown-Reinsel over Skype.  I invite you to come try the Center for the October and November meetings while we’re growing technologically. Then, we can decide as a group if that is where we would like to stay in the future.  I think that once we get into the groove of meeting there, we’ll want to keep using it — it’s billed as the premier meeting space for non-profit organizations in Dallas, and I can see why.  I’m excited for all of us to take this journey together, and despite a disappointing step back in September, I’m optimistic that the Center for Community Cooperation will represent a leap forward for the Dallas Hand Knitters Guild in 2014-2015, and hopefully into the long-reaching future as well.

I hope I’ll get to see you at the October meeting.  Enclosed with this letter are a close-up map of the area around the Center and a summary of directions if you’re headed southbound on 75/Central Expressway, and a supplies list if you would like to participate in Beth’s Program.

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